Haikyuu fans!! they are disappointed with movies — Kudasai

Last August 13 was a dark day for all fans of the franchise of Haikyuu!!. Instead of announcing a more than obvious (and almost confirmed) fifth season of the anime, the production announced a two-part film project titled Haikyuu!! Final, which will apparently adapt the rest of the original manga.

We must remember that the final episode of the fourth season, broadcast on December 18, 2020, adapted chapters 247, 290, 291 and 292 of the original manga. If the two films are really going to adapt the rest of the play (which makes perfect sense, given that they put “Final” in the title), then they would be adapting 293 to 402, that is, over a hundred chapters!

Two movies is at least five cumulative hours (about two and a half hours per movie, hopefully), which is equivalent to about fifteen anime episodes (taking twenty minutes long, no opening or ending). Taking into account that there are 110 chapters of the manga left to be adapted, this would imply that it would be like having a season of fifteen episodes, with each one adapting 7 chapters. An obvious disaster!

It’s worth noting that the release about the movies couldn’t be more confusing, as some fans are still hopeful that a fifth season (ie season plus movies) will be announced later. However, the fact that they put “Final” on the title greatly lowers the chances that there will be a complementary project in the planning stage.

Of course, this is surely due to multiple productions announcing canon movies (not like One Piece, where the movies are spin-off), something that Kimetsu no Yaiba started with Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen at the end of 2020, the most successful film in the history of Japanese cinema. Sure, the production committees think they can replicate this tremendous success, but no film has come anywhere near that gross since then, and it’s possible Haikyuu!! not going to be the exception.

Let’s conclude this article by collecting the most popular opinions:

  • «Honestly, we’re lucky to even have the movies. The manga has ended, which means a season 5 was never likely.».
  • «Haikyuu gets this treatment while some h3ntai l0licon incest isekai will get 3 seasons one after another».
  • «Fukurodani vs Mujinazaka has to be an OVA, to help the pacing a bit, if they put it in the movie it would take a long time, and it would be awkward, and if they cut it from the series it would be bad for Bokuto. OVA is the best solution in this situation».
  • «I guess this is karma because MAPPA decided not to make a Shingeki no Kyojin movie. A soul for another soul».
  • «I think “FINAL” refers to the final part of the Institute Arc. According to this, these two movies will end with Hinata Shouyou going to Rio, which sounds more reasonable. She would also line up with all the panels at the end of the promotional video. I don’t expect them to adapt 110 episodes, to be honest».
  • «I’m probably not going to watch that if they’re really squeezing all those 110 episodes into 2 hour movies. I don’t mind half-hearted animation if it’s seasons, not amazing animation just so they cut the plot. The plot is the essence of Haikyuu!! and made me love her».
  • «That’s why I only live from manga. Anime always manages to disappoint. Like the fireworks animation in the current One Piece fights. There is no rawness in the anime that there is in the manga. Until now Haikyuu!! it was one of the few that stuck to the original story, but now it’s moved».
  • «It doesn’t even make sense since the anime itself is super popular and would easily bring in enough income if they did it normally. Of course you want to increase the sales of the manga and now that it’s over that’s gone, but the merchandising would have been enough».
  • «You speak as if Haikyuu!! It wouldn’t have faltered in story quality after Nationals were over. The arc after that is basically an elongated, glorified backstory. I think if they do the 2 movies they could cut out the irrelevant content and make it end with a bang».

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Haikyuu fans!! they are disappointed with movies — Kudasai